Corbran's Corner

SOMETHING'S IN THE WATER AT THE STYLING STUDIOS

SOMETHING'S IN THE WATER AT THE STYLING STUDIOS …some of today’s designs are weirding me out. by Jim Corbran Okay, I realize that automotive styling is subjective. Everyone has an opinion. Some of them even make a living at having an styling opinion, like Automobile magazine’s Robert Cumberford, a career designer who’s been writing the “By Design” column for

TESLA, WHEREFORE ART THOU?

TESLA, WHEREFORE ART THOU? …WNY Tesla showrooms so far number zero. by Jim Corbran Ya’d think with all of the hoopla created here in Western New York by Elon Musk these past few years, that it’d be a cinch to stroll on over to your friendly neighborhood Tesla dealer and have a look see at the latest all-electric car from the guy who pushed so hard (to the tune of hundreds of m

SUMMERTIME, AND THE LIVIN’ IS EASY…

SUMMERTIME, AND THE LIVIN’ IS EASY… by Jim Corbran Because we’re approaching the middle of the Summer, it seems like as good a time as any to take a look at the new convertible market. This has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I’m tired and sweaty and feeling the increasing effects of cabin fever as I trudge along on yet another mind-numbing remodeling project

2018 HYUNDAI SONATA …as American as apple pie

2018 HYUNDAI SONATA …as American as apple pie by Jim Corbran A couple of weekends back we had the occasion to rent a car (long story; don’t ask!) while visiting some friends in Michigan, and I was a little disappointed when the guy on the phone offered us a Chevy Cruze. Not that I have anything against the Cruze; it’s a fine little car, but my son drives one, and if I’m

2018 HONDA ACCORD: NEW FROM THE GROUND UP

2018 HONDA ACCORD: NEW FROM THE GROUND UP … V-6 engines get deep-sixed in makeover by Jim Corbran While some manufacturers seem to still be in an engine-horsepower race (yes, we’re looking at you Dodge, with your 840-hp Challenger SRT Demon), others have taken a more modern approach to performance.Honda’s newly-announced 2018 Accord will have nothing but four-cyclinder engines

VOLVO SHOCKS THE AUTOMOTIVE WORLD

VOLVO SHOCKS THE AUTOMOTIVE WORLD… all of its vehicles will be electrics starting with the 2019 models. by Jim Corbran As a licensed driver for almost 50 years now, for the longest time I’ve believed that electric cars were a passing fad, offered to appease government standards for fuel economy (“See? Out of our one-million annual cars produced, about 37 of them are electrics.

THE CADILLAC OF CAR SHOWS … 28th Annual Cadillac-LaSalle Show

THE CADILLAC OF CAR SHOWS… 28th Annual Cadillac-LaSalle Show by Jim Corbran You’re forgiven if you don’t know what a LaSalle is. Back in 1927, when General Motors president Alfred Sloan was trying his darnedest to offer a car for every size American pocketbook, he introduced the LaSalle, a lower-priced companion to GM’s flagship Cadillac luxury brand (I assume if you&rsqu

MOST CONCEPTS ARE NOTHING MORE THAN IDEAS

MOST CONCEPTS ARE NOTHING MORE THAN IDEAS … concept cars that (of course!) never saw production by Jim Corbran I don’t know about you, but when I attend a large, annual auto show I always nose around to see if there are any concept cars on the floor.My dictionary tells me that the word concept means “…an abstract idea; a general notion.” Back in my younger days I

THEY’RE EVERYWHERE, THEY’RE EVERYWHERE! … the 2017 Ford Escape

THEY’RE EVERYWHERE, THEY’RE EVERYWHERE! … the 2017 Ford Escape by Jim Corbran On my way to my sister’s house over the weekend I couldn’t help but take note of the number of Ford Escapes on the road these days. It really hit home when I arrived and found three of them parked at or around her house.The Escape was Ford’s original compact crossover, introduced for

WOULD YOU LIKE CHAPS WITH THAT?

WOULD YOU LIKE CHAPS WITH THAT? — the Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup concept by Jim Corbran I’m now officially declaring the state of the conventional automobile to be totally confused. Maybe even… doomed.I had a hard enough time wrapping my mind around a Bentley Bentayga SUV (MSRP starting… STARTING!... from $229,100). The waters were further muddied with the Maserati Le